Blue Hydrangea

i was commissioned to make a card for someone who saw my pink calla lilies card and wanted something similar but in different colours. the hydrangea is in the same stamp-it australia set as the calla lilies and available at crafter’s companion; they stamp beautifully and i love the detailed thin lines. i watercoloured the image with twinkling H2Os, added stickles to the centres and die cut the embellishments out of gold mirri.

i’d like to submit this card to these challenges:
city crafter – #181 give thanks
cards galore – flowers
stampin’ for the weekend – anything goes
one crazy stamper – thankful/autumn

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Pink Calla Lilies

COPYRIGHT LINDA @ SNAIL'S SPACE AND DESCRIBED HERE SOLELY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES; card with green background, debossed on the bottom portion with a focal point of pink calla lilies in a gold vase
i created this card for the september crafter’s companion challenge theme of embossing. i watercoloured the calla lilies from the Stamp-It-Australia Floral Fancies stamp set (available in the US) with twinkling H2Os; i used the same twinks to create some matching mats with watercolour paper. i embossed a portion of the green paper, sanded the debossed side and added the memory box die cut ribbon slide. i decided not to put a sentiment on the front so i can use it for any occasion. thanks for popping by.

Penny Black And More – Mid Month In The Garden

copyright linda @ gardening mouse
this is my DT card just to remind you that you still have plenty of time to play along with our ‘in the garden’ theme this month at the penny black and more challenge; and remember, you can use any company’s stamped image for your focal point, just no digis please.  as always, there are some fabulous prizes to be won plus a chance of being a guest designer.

i coloured this cute mouse from penny black garden critters with distress inks and twinkling h2os, added stickles to the butterfly, die cut the sun with MFT die-namics and added a sentiment from penny black micey day clear stamp set.

i’d like to submit this to these challenges:
little red wagon #198 – use a sun
kreativeinkauf – summer, sun, beach
heck of a challenge – summer holidays
a little bit crafty – summer sun
just for fun #1 – anything goes
aud sentiments – anything but a birthday card with sentiment
whimsy inspiration #62 – clean and simple
animal friends #5 – summer

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Garden Inspiration

copyright linda @ snail's space and described here solely for people with disabilities; a card with pink wildflowers, green leaves, green text border on a green card base with a sheer green ribbon and a just for you sentiment stamped on a tiny tag
a warm welcome to a new follower! thank you for taking an interest in my creations. the august magenta challenge theme is a  garden party colour combo based on some beautiful garden photos. i water coloured the magenta wildflowers image with twinkling H2Os and added stickles to all the flower centres; the sentiment and tag are from flourishes.

i’m also submitting this card to these challenges:
one crazy stamper – birthday
crafty ribbons challenge 56 – anything goes with ribbon
southern girls – things that begin with F – flowers
ladybug crafts – something floral
stempelsonnen – anything goes

thanks for popping by.

Bloom Where You’re Planted

floral thank you card in pink, green and ivory
i’ve been very busy with volunteering so i haven’t had much time to create lately, but i managed to make this card for the impression obsession challenge to ‘bloom where you are planted.’ i coloured the image from the Spring Medley CL465 set with twinkling H2Os, distress inks and stickles; the sentiment is from the Thanks Sentiments CL41 set. i rounded the corners, added a bow and it’s another thank you card for my stash. thanks for popping by.

The Bee’s Knees

i made most of this card on sunday, but i wasn’t able to finish it, take a photo or type until now because of a severe RA flareup that i’m still recuperating from. i’ll probably slow down a little bit, if it’s even possible to go slower, but it’s so difficult not to create; i fell behind in everything again and hope to stop by soon and get caught up on some commenting.

anyway, i’m playing along with the sketch n stash challenge with the option of wings – items from my stash include one and a half year old stamps and papers, four year old punches and brand new memory box precious heart dies. i coloured with distress inks and used plenty of stickles.

i’m also submitting this card to these challenges:
try it on tuesday challenge – feminine and fancy theme
one crazy stamper – flowers
whimsy inspirations challenge – anything goes
natalie and amy’s – things with wings

thanks for popping by.

Dogwood Blossoms

card with bird in a blooming dogwood shrub with a birdcage accent and pink ribbon bow
i’ve had this stamp for quite some time, but just inked it up to make another spring card. i coloured with twinkling H2Os, used the memory box bird cage die and a MS punch around the page; of course i added stickles to the flower centres and the edge of the sentiment circle. i’d like to submit this card to these challenges:
make my monday – anything that flies ends may 11
moxie fab world – the wonder of watercolor ends may 13
crazy amigo – birds ends may 13
simon says stamp  – things with wings ends may 14
no matter which – things with wings ends may 30
crafty calendar – blooms and blossoms ends may 31

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Best Wishes

card in bronze and green with diecut birdcage, bird and flowers with best wishes sentiment

this is my May DT card for papercraft cafe, where owner marie keeps well stocked in memory box dies and i used three on my card: the antique birdcage was coloured with antiqued bronze distress stain to match the bo bunny little miss papers; i used matching paper to die cut one resting bird and the tiny flowers from the floral delights die. of course i added yellow stickles to the flower centres. this was a fun card to make and came together very quickly.

i’d like to submit it to these challenges:

die cuttin divas: anything goes ends may 5
really reasonable ribbon: sparkle, bling and ribbon ends may 12

thanks for popping by.

Impression Obsession Challenge Card And Prize

orange card with two yellow and orange daisies
i created this card for the current impression obsession challenge of ‘flowers for you.’ i heat embossed the double daisies E88925 stamp in white, coloured with distress inks and added the wish you sunshine sentiment B5536 on the side panel.

i was very lucky to have won a prize during the impression obsession blog hop last month so i thought i’d share a photo of my choice of three dies:

photo of three impression obsession dies

of course i had to get the hydrangea stamp set to go with the matching die…

impression obsession hydrangea cling rubber stamp set

and then some bird dies to go with the house…

impression obsession bird die

and some miscellaneous stamps to go with all of the above. thanks for popping by.

Penny Black And More – April Mid Month Post

card in lilac and turquoise with flowers as the focal point in lilac
this is my second DT card for penny black and more and you still have plenty of time to play along too with april’s theme of blossoms and bows since it ends May 1.

i started this card by creating the centre panel; i stamped one of the silhouette images from the penny black illumination (30-048) clear stamp set with brilliance purple ink on purple cardstock, over stamped in white and added liquid pearls; i used the same image as my focal point and punched some tiny flowers to attach to the image. you can see more inspiration from the rest of the design team at the challenge blog and i’d love for you to play along – you can use any company’s stamped image for your focal point, just no digis. and, as always, there are some fabulous prizes from sponsors Penny Black, Classy Crafts, Crafty Ribbons plus a chance to be a guest designer. thanks for popping by.


this feels like the longest winter and it seems to be taking forever for spring blossoms to appear, so i decided to colour my own flowers while i’m waiting.

card with pink magnolias, green leaves and pink and green paper with two lacy punched borders
i coloured the flourishes magnolia image with twinkling H2Os in my favourite pink/green combo; i also punched some eyelet borders with my favourite ek success punch and added a 1/8″ green ribbon next to it. i’m playing along with the moxie fab world tuesday trigger, which provided an inspiration photo of magnolias. i’m also submitting this to the pretty little ribbon challenge – spring is in the air and the papercraft star challenge to use a stamp.

ETA: i’m also submitting this to the moxie fab world wonder of watercolor challenge. thanks for popping by.

Penny Black And More – Blossoms And Bows

card with white bunny in a clay pot of purple pansies with green and purple print patterned paper and a purple bow
this is my DT card for penny black and more and april’s theme is blossoms and bows. i coloured the penny black pansy bunny (40-066) with a brush, distress ink pads and twinkling H2Os. edited: i made the double bow with my bow easy and seam binding. you can find some amazing inspiration from the rest of the design team at the blog and i’d love for you to play along – you can use any company’s stamped image for your focal point, just no digis and you have until may 1. as always, there are some fabulous prizes from sponsors Penny Black, Classy Crafts, Crafty Ribbons plus a chance to be a guest designer.

i’m also submitting this card to these challenges:
crafting by designs – it’s all about the animals ends april 9
crafty ribbons challenge – anything goes with ribbon ends april 10
simply create too – animals ends april 10
Kreativeinkauf – spring ends april 14
that craft place – animals ends april 13
crafting for all seasons – floral delight ends april 15
joanna sheen – spring into spring ends april 17

thanks for popping by.

Pink, Pearly And Swirly

card with white daisies on a pink background with lace and pearls and two tiny butterflies
it’s the first sunday of the month and time for a new challenge at penny black and more; this month’s theme is ‘pink, pearly and swirly.’ for my DT card i embossed the floral image (PB flowers sweet 30-096) on a pink background created with distress ink pads on watercolour paper and painted the flowers with liquid pearls. you can see the rest of the design team’s beautiful cards on the blog, along with the easy challenge rules – use any company’s stamped image as the focal point (no digis are allowed) to be in for a chance to win some fabulous prizes from sponsors Penny Black, Stampalot, Crafts U Love, Flonz. you’ll also have a chance to be a guest designer if you put GD after your name. hope you play along!  i’m also submitting this to the addicted to stamps challenge, which has a theme of pearls and swirls. thanks for popping by.

Dreaming Geraniums

card with pot of pink geraniums and sleeping bunny next to the pot on the ground
i created this card because marie, the owner of my local stamp store, papercraft cafe, asked me to make some samples for a home and garden show that she’s participating in. i thought this cute penny black ‘dreaming geraniums’ would suit the occasion so i coloured with distress inks as usual, added yellow stickles to the flower centres and added a rafia strip to the bottom and threaded it through the button. the sketch is by the very talented Silke Ledlow, who is hosting this month at crazy 4 challenges. thanks for popping by.

Acrostic With Magenta

acrostic on blue and ivory card with die cut flowers and butterflies
magenta’s 20th anniversary july challenge is ‘acrostic with magenta.’ i printed mine on magenta paper, matted with magenta papers and distressed the flowers, leaves and edges; this was such a fun project to create – english was always my favourite subject. i admit to not being able to live by this philosophy, especially this week – you know the ones where anything and everything goes wrong? bleh. thanks for popping by.


card with penny black poppies
brenda (floral fantasies)
is having a fun candy challenge to make a card or project that has poppies on it, hints at the colour or idea of poppies or an has an image coloured in with the beautiful poppy colours. i’ve had this penny black poppies stamp for some time, but this is the first time i inked it up; it’s coloured with distress inks and letraset aqua markers with stickles in the flower centres and i used my new memory box butterflies die – i love it! i cased a layout in paper creations summer 2012 by the talented kendra sand. thanks for popping by.

Magenta On Vellum

card with floral image and butterfly stamped on blue vellum with a touch of pink ink
i’ve been playing along with the magenta monthly challenges in celebration of their 20th year and the june challenge is to use the colours of their logo. i stamped this magenta image on blue vellum, heat embossed and coloured with distress inks, which is what i enjoy doing most when i create; even if it’s just a little bit while i’m waiting for my RA flareup to disappear, so i’m also submitting this to the stampalot challenge ‘what’s your crafty passion’ theme. i couldn’t get a photo to show the embossed detail, which looks so much better in real life. thanks for popping by.

Penny Black And More Summer Blooms

card in yellow and black with penny black flower stamp
this is my DT card for the July Penny Black and More Challenge; this month we want to see Summer Blooms. i used a new penny black stamp from a clear set called flowers sweet, coloured with distress ink pads and added some mottled dots with my paintbrush. the other DT members’ beautiful creations and the challenge rules are here; there are some fabulous prizes to be won from sponsors Penny Black, Stampalot, Addicted to Stamps plus a chance to have your card chosen to be in the spotlight. thanks for popping by.

Purely Pink

magenta pink card with pink daisies and white trim
i really struggle with monochromatic cards, but i’ve been playing the monthly magenta challenges in celebration of their 20th anniversary year and the may challenge is to create a monochromatic card in magenta (pink). i heat embossed the image in white, coloured with distress ink pads and sponged around the image, which is popped on foam tape. thanks for popping by.

My Garden Favourite

card with flourishes hydrangea stamp in blue
this month’s flourishes bring back beautiful challenge is to pick your favorite flower (or fruit or vegetable) and make it the centerpiece of your card or creation. it’s so hard to choose a favourite, but i love the hydrangeas for their big showy pom poms, especially the blue ones, and all the texture. i coloured with distress ink pads and used the out of the box technique to die cut it and of course i had to add blue stickles to the flower centres. the background is tim holtz ranger distress core’dinations paper that i embossed and sanded and i found this clear four petal button in my stash. thanks for popping by.

Potted Flowers

flower pot shaped card with three flowers and flourishes sentiment
i needed a couple of thank you cards and stephanie luman was kind enough to grant me permission to case her flower pot card found here – thanks stephanie!

inside of flower pot card

the inside is blank because a group of people needed to sign it. this was a fun card to make and is very quick to put together, which was great because i didn’t have time to paint any images. thanks for popping by.

Simple Thinking Of You

thinking of you card in pink and gold with one pink flower
i created this clean and simple card for the march magenta 20th anniversary challenge to use magenta stamps for the background; it looks wonky, but it’s straight. i’m still waiting for my computer’s techie people to fix my photo editing problem – i’ve been patient, but i might just have to purchase a program and send them the bill. lol. anyway, thanks for popping by.

The Beauty Of Spring

card featuring flourishes trumpet vine with hummingbird
the flourishes bring back beautiful challenge this month is the beauty of spring or autumn, so i went with spring and used the out of the box technique on the floral image. everything is coloured with distress inks, as usual, and the hummingbird was shaped and popped on foam dots. thanks for popping by.

Digging Spring

card with spring flower bouquet, bird house and basket with seeds
spring is finally here! i missed the longer days of sunshine. although i no longer garden because of my RA, i can stamp and colour floral images; this is coloured with distress inks as usual and the edges were sponged.  i’m submitting it to the penny black and more at all sorts springtime challenge and the joanna sheen spring is in the air challenge. thanks for popping by.

Flourishes Pinter-inspiration

card featuring flourishes potted flower image in purple and green with gems and bow
the flourishes release week challenge is a ‘pinter-inspiration’ – the colour palette is just so pretty; i never would have put them together otherwise so i’m glad i played along. as usual, i coloured the image with distress inks and sponged the tag and background paper, which is already embossed and makes matching colours so easy. thanks for popping by.